Prince of the City - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Prince of the City Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 20, 2015
Williams gives a fine performance, the rest of the cast is also excellent, and director Sidney Lumet's eye for detail is sure throughout this authentic look at the dirtier side of police work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 12, 2011
One of Sidney Lumet's most complex and detailed New York City dramas about the dark, dirty side of police work, boasting a splendid performance from Treat Williams in the lead.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 21, 2011
Directs another Serpico, but with improvements.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Director Sidney Lumet is in firm control of the sprawling canvas, showing in spades his ability to harness intense energy and almost uniformly top-rate performances from a cannily-cast stable of solid character actors.
Clint Morris
Moviehole
August 17, 2008
The movie that should've turned Treat Williams into a huge star. This is one of Sidney Lumet's finest hours.
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
June 7, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 5, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Milne
Time Out
February 9, 2006
An astonishing in-depth portrait of the interlocking worlds of police and hoodlum results, with no punches pulled and no easy solutions.
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
May 31, 2005
Treat Williams courageously fights police corruption.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
April 3, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
November 4, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
After the film starts to turn itself over in your mind, it becomes a much deeper piece, a film about how difficult it is to go straight in a crooked world without hurting people you love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
"Prince of the City'' begins with the strength and confidence of a great film, and ends merely as a good one. The achievement isn't what it first promises to be, but it's exciting and impressive all the same.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
October 8, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
It's lengthy (almost three hours), gritty and almost highly involving, while Williams is superb as the man who, despite the honesty of his actions, is made to feel like the bad guy.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
April 10, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 30, 2002
One of 1980's most value-laden and riveting films offers a compelling portrait of crime and punishment and all the stops in between.
Bill Weber
Stylus Magazine
December 1, 2007
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